Marilyn Monroe is having a rough time of it.
Here she is, face down in the dirt in southern China. Guigang prefecture to be exact.
This 27-foot-tall, 8 ton blonde clutched her skirts for six months in front of the Guigang business center. Then she was thrown in the dump.
The statue was thought to have been a landmark for international operations there, and was popular with locals taking their wedding photos, according to China News Service.
A pretty colossal waste—several Chinese artists slaved over her for two years. Perfecting that iconic Seven-Year-Itch pose. But the artists had a model.
The Chinese version is a copy of “Forever Marilyn,” made by U.S. sculptor Seward Johnson. The original has also had a hard time finding a permanent home. In just over four years it has moved from Chicago to Palm Springs to New Jersey.
What does it all mean?
Is China making a profound statement about American pop culture? Or modern art?
Has Marilyn lost her touch? Are we just tired of that provocative pose?
And, what really eats away at me: How on earth was it transported?
My only hope is that it can serve some use in recycled form. A jungle gym perhaps? Throw some tarps over her legs for a make-shift shelter?
Not if residents of Palm Springs have anything to say about it. They have set up a petition on Facebook to ship her to Florida, now that their statue has been lost to New Jersey.